Thursday, August 24, 2006

St. Thomas Episcopal Art Auction

Three Pears by Coni Grant

Most of the artworks are in and ready to be viewed online! Please check it out by going to the Galleries section of my website and clicking on St. Thomas Art Auction, or follow this link. The auction will be held September 9, 7:30 pm, at the St. Thomas Parish Hall, corner o f 4th and State in Alamosa.

Remember, 40% of the purchase price benefits St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Alamosa, CO. This is a growing congregation with a beautifully restored chapel, and a valuable asset in the community. Please support this cause by picking out something for your own home or office, or consider gathering a group of people who can buy a piece together and donate to St. Thomas, or to the church you attend!

For more information about the auction or the corresponding weekend of spiritual renewal, email Katherine Benke:

Insight Art Connection is committed to promoting the work of talented artists, connecting prospective art buyers with works they will treasure, and strengthening communities by developing the presence of art for everyone. Send questions about IAC or any featured artists, or visit to see more work.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Alamosa Artists in Estes Park

Two Alamosa artists have been invited to paint and show their work at the Estes Park Plein Air Event 2006.

Coni Grant and Alec Macbeth Cooke both work in oils, but their styles are very different.

Coni is known for her magnetic compositions and bold, abstracted colors. She uses a direct, wet on wet painting technique called alla prima or all-at-once, and works as quickly as possible, handling the paint very loosely. While she uses the information in front of her, she also draws on her own creative sensibility to add layers of depth and drama to a scene.

Alec’s work is more nostalgic, like traditional California plein air artists such as William Wendt and Edgar Payne. His clean lines and close attention to form, combined with a muted southwestern palette offer an interesting contrast to Coni’s vibrant images.

San Luis Valley residents in particular are invited to view the work of these two local artists in Estes Park. Events include a live auction and opening reception on August 26.

For more details, or to see their work, call Katherine Benke, 719-588-9044, or email